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Cilantro Arugula Pesto Pasta

A delicious and quick meal that utilizes two of my favorite greens with pasta. That is a win-win in my book. I never thought I'd be able to create a vegan pesto that would stack up to a regular pesto made with parmigiano cheese. I think this does the trick. The umami flavors from the miso, nutritional yeast and lemon juice meet all the requirements to make this pesto satisfying and super tasty.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 2 large handfuls arugula
  • 1 large handful cilantro
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 C. Pine nuts toasted or not, both are good
  • 2 T. Lemon juice
  • 2 T. Nutritional yeast
  • 2 T. White miso paste
  • 1/2 t. Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 4 T. Sun-dried tomatoes sliced


  • Place all pesto ingredients except salt and sun-dried tomatoes into a food processor and combine until creamy.
  • Taste and salt as needed. You may not need much due to the miso and lemon juice.
  • Toss with hot pasta of your choice. I used a gluten free red and white quinoa pasta.
  • Plate pasta and top with sliced sun-dried tomatoes and black pepper.